The Arizona Cardinals drafted wide receiver Michael Floyd in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. With that high selection comes expectations, and playing opposite of Larry Fitzgerald certainly could create some opportunities.
All said and done Floyd had 45 receptions for 562 yards in his rookie season. It ranked 4th amongst rookie receivers in both categories, an impressive feat considering the revolving door the Cardinals had at quarterback last year.
Now they have a veteran quarterback to solidify the position in Carson Palmer.
“We expect Mike to have a big year,” Palmer said, via ArizonaSports.com.
“He’s done a great job in camp. He’s made a lot of big plays.”
Palmer in particularly loves his size and sees that as part of the reason he is a threat for NFL defenses.
“He’s gone up and high-pointed the ball,” told Palmer. “When you’re built like he is and you’re the type of player and the style of player he is. I think seven out of 10 times, when the ball’s up in the air and it’s a 50-50 ball, he’s got to make it.”
New head coach Bruce Arians had only one thing Floyd needed to do to improve in his second season: “Be a playmaker.
“And when his opportunities come, make them, which he’s been doing.”
Arians elaborated on his improvement.
“He has improved dramatically from the first minicamp to now,” he said Monday. “Route running, his understanding of concepts, hot (reads), the whole package.
“He’s bought in. He’s playing two to three different positions. I’m really pleased with where he’s at right now.”